That would be Pak Ui Chun, North Korea’s Foreign Minister, who has fulfilled his role as the great imitator of his “Great Leader” Kim Jong-Il. He has done so, one would assume, at the behest of that same “Great Leader,” who waits for the reaction of the United States and South Korea.
That would be reaction to Pak Ui Chun’s threat to use a nuclear deterrent to any war games played by the United States and South Korea. The report coming from Bloomberg.com is authored by Bomi Lim and Bill Varner. It starts with:
North Korea said it would counter U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercises with “nuclear deterrence” after the Obama administration said the government in Pyongyang shouldn’t take any provocative steps.
North Korea will “legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces,” the National Defense Commission said, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
We must, of course, realize that North Korea seldom plays nice and they are one of the world’s most prolific nuclear weapon enablers. They seem not able to keep their word after they promised to scale back their nuclear activities and nuclear weapons help to other nations. It is hard to tell if they are simply insane or just crazy about spreading nuclear chaos due to a deranged national character.
Whatever North Korea’s intent may be, assuming the United States and South Korea will not back down, the rhetoric for now continues from both sides:
The U.S. said this week it will intensify sanctions against North Korea and conduct military exercises with South Korea in waters surrounding the peninsula. The USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered carrier, and three destroyers called into South Korean ports this week in a show of force.
“North Korea may very well go ahead with missile launches or even a third nuclear test to show it won’t bend to U.S. pressure,” said Yang Moo Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “North Korea must have sensed that the U.S. and South Korea are after its regime’s collapse.”
Ri said the George Washington’s presence threatened security on the peninsula, which has been divided for more than half a century. Pak maintained the need for a peace treaty to replace a cease-fire, signed in 1953, to guarantee the peninsula’s security, Ri said.
“It’s no longer the 19th century with gunboat diplomacy,” Ri said. “It is a new century and the Asian countries are in need of peace and development.”
This latest period of difficulty between the parties began when a small South Korean naval vessel was sunk by a torpedo. Investigations have concluded that the torpedo was fired from a North Korean mini-submarine. The South Korean vessel was destroyed and 46 South Korean sailors were killed in the March 26th incident.
The exercises are to last until July 28th, so we should know soon enough if the joint exercises will take place, and if so, if North Korea will carry out its threat. The complete initial story can be read here.